Awareness and Wisdom in Addiction Therapy : The in-Depth Systemics Treatment of Mental-somatic Models

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-01
  • Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing
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In this extended essay, experts address both the recovery and the long-term goal of healing from addiction, arguing that a full cure from drug addiction or habitual addiction can be achieved. Combining both the principles of systemic therapy and experience gained through years of counseling, they have developed a unique model called "in-depth systemic" therapy, which extends the classic model by introducing and expanding on the mental dimension. The central point of this work is the thesis that addicts themselves have to reorganize and restructure their own habitual ways of perception and cognition, with Vipassana meditation serving as the instrument to realize this transformation. Vipassana comprises an ethical lifestyle, concentration of the mind through meditation, and working progressively on one's one mental-somatic models, offering a unique and successful approach to the treatment of addiction.

Author Biography

Leo Gürtler is a psychologist with a PhD in educational sciences and a systemic coach and therapist. Urban M. Studer is a mathematical physicist, a therapeutic researcher, and the leader of internal case management at the Swiss Federal Railway. Gerhard Scholz is a sociologist and founder and CEO at Start Again. Kent Berridge is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Abstractp. 7
Forewordp. 9
Contentsp. 11
List of Figuresp. 13
On the concept of the In-depth Systemics approachp. 15
Introductionp. 17
Foundations - about the logic of addictionp. 19
The contradictory unit - the 'need' and the 'obligation'p. 20
Falling apart of subjective justifications and objectively restorable motivesp. 23
The large gap among feeling, thinking, and doingp. 24
Models to explain addictionp. 27
The sociological backgroundp. 27
The neurobiological basisp. 31
A critique of the classical learning theoriesp. 32
The contributions of the Theravada to In-depth Systemicsp. 36
Consequences - the goal of therapeutic actionsp. 43
What in practical terms is needed for recovery from addiction?p. 43
Intervention and the In-depth Systemics approachp. 47
The concept of start againp. 47
Short outline of In-depth Systemicsp. 50
The initial model and autonomyp. 51
Recovery from addictionp. 54
Current model of In-depth Systemicsp. 58
Evaluationp. 65
The start again evaluation study, 1995-98p. 65
Catamnestic findingsp. 73
Principles of recoveryp. 73
Excerpts from the case studiesp. 77
Conclusionp. 83
Bibliographyp. 87
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